THINGS TO DO IN SAN FRANCISCO

Stretched across 7 miles, San Francisco is packed with activities that would please foodies, outdoorsy types and curious wanderers of all ages. Some of the San Francisco attractions include – the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Ferry Building Marketplace, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, and many more.

Golden Gate Bridge

The orange arches amidst the rocky seascape of the San Francisco Bay have made the Golden Gate Bridge the most popular San Francisco attraction. The name has been referred to the body of water it spans. It was built to travel between San Francisco and Marin Country. The best shot of the bridge can be seen from the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point which is situated on a hill overlooking San Francisco. One can find some scenic trails which lead to secluded beaches – Kirby Cove and Black Sands Beach.

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San Francisco attraction, the Ferry Building Marketplaces, is popular amongst foodies. It is a public food market featuring small restaurants, grocery stores and snack stops. You can find variety of staples such as Mexican food, seafood, burgers, Japanese delicatessen, nut shop and a cheese and dairy bar. It is an impressive fact that despite having the formal restaurants, the visitors love to pick up to-go meal and enjoy it along the scenic waterfront. Just avoid coming on the weekends as you will end up standing in long queues. The market is open from 10am to 7pm, the farmer market from 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 8am to 2pm on Saturdays.

Golden Gate Park

This San Francisco attraction is equivalent to California’s Central Park, about 174 acres bigger. It takes a full day to experience so many things offered by this park. Within its evergreen borders are trails, playgrounds, sports, picturesque picnic spaces, gardens, sports courts, museums and more. The best part is the Japanese Tea Garden, serving as the oldest Japanese Garden in the USA. The Conservatory of Flowers is another standout which is the oldest existing public conservatory in the Western Hemisphere.

There is the California Academy of Sciences that features – planetarium, an aquarium, natural history museum and the Osher Rainforest that houses 1,600 live animals.

The Exploratorium

Also known as “a learning laboratory”, this San Francisco attraction consist of 600 hands-on exhibits covering various subject matter – psychology, engineering, biology and geography. There are six main galleries, highlights include – the tactile dome, the pitch-black sphere, the colored shadow area, and the 10,000-toothpick sculpture of San Francisco. It not only attracts children but also people of different ages.

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The Cable Cars is one of the most popular San Francisco attraction seen in a television show or a movie. It has been given the title of a National Historic Landmark in 1964. The history reveals that the cable car was conceived by Andrew Smith Hallidie after he witnessed an accident involving a horse-drawn buggy trying to climb a steep San Francisco hill and failing. Approximately, nine million visitors ride the cable in a year.

Places To Visit in Northern California

There are a myriad of fantastic tourist places to visit in Northern California providing a refreshing contrast from LA and Hollywood dominating Southern part of California. Only in the North you can experience the true wonders of California according to the locals and major travel experts. In this part of the Golden Gate San Francisco definitely rules the roost in terms of attractions coupled with stunning coastal regions, wine growing counties and unsurpassed landscapes of the Yosemite National Park.

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To discover most regarded Northern California tourist attractions, please refer to our list below.

San Francisco – Totally uninhibited, eccentric human zoo, the melting pot of traditions, experiences and indulgences, this is San Francisco, the cultural hub of the Northern California. Prepare yourself to be amazed literally around each and every corner. With thousands of top dining establishment, you will find yourselves pondering what to eat for your next meal. With so many San Francisco tourist attractions, you will have to painfully choose where to go next. Among the top landmarks you simply must visit, we can name the quintessential Golden Gate Bridge that is best explored by biking or walking to get a real feel for it grandeur and views. Take a tour of spooky Alcatraz prison museum that is only accessible by water and see former prison cells, escape paraphernalia and many other amazing exhibits. Visit San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to see unconventional pieces of art, so typical to the cultural vibes of the city itself.

Monterey Bay – The place located by Santa Cruz, CA boasting astounding coastal views, beaches, small cities with big time charm and incredible tourist activities. Dive into the fair like festivities of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, feast on cotton candy and take a ride on a Giant Dipper rollercoaster. Get a chance for up-close encounters with over 35,000 marine creatures that call Monterey Bay Aquarium their home, explore historical Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf to feast on the best seafood and high style shopping. Spend a day in Cannery Row in Monterey to engage in scuba diving, beach lounging and best dining.

Yosemite National Park – Among the premier places to visit in Northern California, Yosemite is a destination of jaw dropping beauty. Located in the midst of Sierra Nevada wilderness, the Park encompasses several ecosystems, home to unique species of flora and fauna. Rated one of the most popular places to visit in Northern California, here you will see towering granite cliffs, hundred year old trees, lakes and waterfalls. Among its most frequented features you will find granite cliff El Capitan, a favorite among rock climbing community; numerous Yosemite National Park Waterfalls that are especially active during ice melting season in the spring and Lyell Glacier, one of the few glaciers surviving in the area. Whether you favor tranquil strolls or adrenaline rush of the mountain biking or rock climbing you are sure to find it here at the Yosemite.

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Redwood National Park – Welcome to the place where you will see the tallest redwood trees, Douglas firs and many other unique flora species. Explore a myriad of trails designated for horseback riding, biking, hiking or scenic drives.


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